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Dylan is latest Vol Dickey

Former Farragut High School quarterback Dylan Dickey, a true freshman backup QB at the University of Tennessee, isn’t too worried about being buried deep down the depth chart.

“I’m just trying to get here and have fun ... I’m not really worried about what position I have in the depth chart,” said the 2004 FHS grad who led the Ads behind center in ’02 and ’03. “I don’t think that matters to me, the first couple of years, anyway.”

As for coming to UT, “I knew I was coming here in high school. ... I’ve always followed Tennessee since we moved up here, that’s one of reasons why I came here.”

A UT student since summer 2004 majoring in finance, “I worked out in the summer after I graduated, and then I had shoulder surgery so I sat out [last] fall and started back in the spring,” Dickey said. “I went through spring practice.”

However, “I was still kinda hurt, I didn’t do much,” he said.” I just helped out in practice in different drills and stuff. I didn’t throw that much in spring.”

Working out at UT for more than a year, Dickey said he’s bulked up from the “skinny” high school quarterback Admiral fans remember. “I’ve gotten a lot bigger since then,” the 6-foot-5, 210 pounder said. “I guess I’m, all around, just a little bit better, mentally and physically, than I was in high school.”

However, Dickey said he’ll need a full season of experience “to see how I perform and what I need to get better at. I need arm strength, I need to throw the ball harder.”

Dickey’s grandfather, long-time UT athletic director and former Vol head coach Doug Dickey, “tries to give me pointers and stuff when he sees something wrong,” the 20-year-old said.

His uncle, former Tennessee quarterback Daryl Dickey, became a mini-legend in the eyes of many Vol fans after coming off the bench as a backup and — filling in for injured starter Tony Robinson — leading the Vols past Miami 35-7 in the 1986 Sugar Bowl for a final No. 4 national ranking.

“Daryl used to help me a lot in high school, working on the fundamentals to improve my game.”

But in the end, Dylan Dickey said his family’s UT connections only add up to “enjoying playing football, I guess, that’s all I can say about that. It’s not about any dream, I just like to do it. That’s why I’m out here.”

Those guys [other UT quarterbacks] are a lot further ahead of me as far as, like, arm strength and just throwing the ball in general. They’re just better. I’ve got to get better at that.”


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